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Over the past two-and-a-half decades, Arizona Business Magazine has grown to encompass not just Arizona Business Magazine, but also a whole host of other publications and signature events. Arizona Business Magazine is the state’s leading monthly business publication. Published by AZ Big Media, the magazine covers a wide-range of topics focusing on the Arizona business scene, and is aimed at high-level corporate executives and business owners.

Aerospace and defense industry - AZ Business Magazine March/April 2012

Davis-Monthan packs economic impact of $973 million

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson reports that its operations had an estimated total economic impact of $973 million in the 2013 fiscal year.

That’s down from about $1.14 billion in the 2012 fiscal year.

Including the effect of local military retirees, Davis-Monthan officials say the base pumped $1.47 billion into the Tucson-area economy in fiscal 2013. That total is down from $1.63 billion in fiscal 2012.

More than 10,000 military personnel and civilians worked at Davis-Monthan last year, including more than 7,500 service members and nearly 3,000 civilian employees and contractors.

The annual economic impact released Thursday includes the base’s payroll and spending on equipment, supplies and construction, plus a multiplier to estimate indirect effects like job creation.

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APS Plans for More Severe Wildfire Season

Despite drought conditions that could result in a higher than normal amount of wildfires this summer, APS is well-positioned to meet customer demand, company officials told the Arizona Corporation Commission today.

This message was part of APS’s annual summer preparedness briefing to the ACC. The presentation included this summer’s peak demand forecast, an inventory of available resources to serve that demand, a summary of APS’s system improvements, and the steps the company has taken to prepare for wildfires and other potential emergencies.

“With nearly 20,000 miles of overhead power lines around the state, the potential threat of wildfires to our system is very real to us,” said Pat Dinkel, Vice President, Transmission & Distribution Operations for APS. “We’re thinking about wildfires, summer storms and high demand at all times, planning year-round and continually strengthening our system so that our customers can feel confident they’ll be able to keep cool during the hottest days.”

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, conditions caused by a dry winter are expected to result in a rapid increase in wildland fire potential in eastern Arizona beginning in May. Above-normal fire risk is expected for much of the Southwest United States in June and July, the agency said.

APS prepares for the challenges of wildfire season by training its employees to work in close coordination with fire-fighting organizations as the company often is asked to de-energize power lines so fire personnel can work safely within APS rights-of-way. Under normal operating conditions, APS customers should not expect to experience an impact to their service as a result of the company having to temporarily de-energize a major transmission line.

“While we are well-prepared to mitigate the challenges of wildfires to our grid, service interruptions can occur for a variety of reasons – high winds, lightning and other factors,” Dinkel said. “When outages do occur, our number-one priority is safely getting the lights back on and air conditioners running while staying in communication with our customers.”

APS personnel are available 24 hours a day to assist customers and coordinate restoration efforts. In the event of large-scale customer outages, the company utilizes its Twitter feed, @apsFYI, to provide real-time updates to its customers and other key audiences. This summer, APS has forecast a peak of 6,992 megawatts (MW), compared with the 2013 summer peak of 6,927 MW, which occurred on July 8, when the Phoenix high temperature reached 113 degrees. Between its existing generation and its power-supply contracts, APS has 9,186 MW of resources available to help meet summer demand.

The all-time APS system peak of 7,236 MW was set on July 21, 2006. The summer peak – the 15-minute period when APS customers require the most energy – typically occurs in July or August between 5 and 6 p.m.

Last year, APS successfully met peak demand while providing its nearly 1.2 million customers with a level of service reliability that compares favorably with the best performers in the electric utility industry. In 2013, the typical APS customer experienced 0.78 power outages compared to a national industry median of 1.03 interruptions. Also, the typical APS customer experienced 71 minutes of interrupted service in 2013, compared with an industry median of 111 minutes. Both marks place APS within the top quartile of the nation’s investor-owned electric utilities.

The state’s other major electric utilities also made presentations to the ACC.

APS, Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves nearly 1.2 million customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp.

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Weil adds healthy options to UA hospital menu

Dr. Andrew Weil has yet to open one of his True Food Kitchen restaurants in Tucson, but the Arizona Daily Star reports his dishes will now be available at a venue previously unknown for culinary prowess — the hospital.

Weil, a Tucson author and nationally recognized founder of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, is lending both his name and recipes to the UA Medical Center’s inpatient menu.

Patients staying overnight at the academic medical center, which has two local campuses, will now be able to select healthy gourmet items developed by Weil, such as curried cauliflower soup, Tuscan kale salad and wild salmon with miso, lime and ginger glaze.

The change continues a trend of improving hospital food both locally and nationally away from the stereotype of bland, overcooked meals. In 2006, the UA Medical Center began offering a “room service” menu to patients that includes items like make-your-own omelet, breakfast burrito, pasta or sandwich, among others.

On a national level, more hospitals are employing their own chefs and expanding offerings from standard hospital meatloaf and gelatin desserts.

“As baby boomers have started to age and our customer base has become more demanding, the quality of food has gone up,” said Eric Eisenberg, corporate executive chef at Swedish Health Services, which includes five hospitals in the Seattle area.

“That is really a movement over the last 10 years. People have gone from a clinically focused operation to one that is way more balanced with food quality.”

Eisenberg, a certified executive chef, is part of the national Association for Healthcare Foodservice, which holds Iron Chef-style culinary competitions.

The baby boomers aren’t the only impetus for improving hospital food. There’s a financial incentive, too. As a result of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare reimbursements are based in part on patient satisfaction.

In October, the UA Medical Center added Julie Kennedy Oehlert as the hospital’s new vice president of patient experience.

Kennedy Oehlert, who is a registered nurse, acknowledged that she “stalked” Weil by attending one of his cooking classes, though she isn’t terribly interested in cooking herself.

She attended the class with the UA Medical Center’s food and nutrition services director, Susan Bristol, for the express purpose of persuading Weil to work with the hospital.

“Dr. Weil is a name people know,” Bristol said. “People are more willing to try new foods when it’s a name they recognize.”

The recipes are from Weil’s 2012 cookbook, “True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure,” which he co-wrote with business partner and restaurateur Sam Fox and executive chef Michael Stebner. Fox, Stebner and Weil have opened two True Food Kitchens in Phoenix and want to open another restaurant site in Tucson.

Weil focuses on foods that are anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory, since he says so many serious illnesses are a result of chronic inflammation.

Kennedy Oehlert and Bristol didn’t need to worry about persuading Weil. He was an easy sell. As it turns out, he had approached the hospital about adding healthier food choices a decade ago and said he was stonewalled.

Though the collaboration with the UA Medical Center marks his first time teaming up with a medical facility for a food project, Weil’s interest in improving hospital meals goes back to when he was a fourth-year medical student on hospital rotation and the dining options were typically salty crackers, peanut butter and soda from the vending machine.

“I was amazed and delighted,” Weil said of Kennedy Oehlert’s idea to collaborate.

On March 5, dietetic interns at the UA Medical Center presented several of Weil’s recipes for the hospital cafeteria’s lunch menu. The theme was “Prescribing a Healthier You,” and the event drew thousands of staff members and visitors.

On Tuesday, Weil tasted some of the recipes that had been prepared by the hospital staff and did a cooking demonstration of his Tuscan kale salad, which includes chili flakes, sea salt, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and bread crumbs.

He also offered Kennedy Oehlert some tips, like removing imitation crab from the cafeteria’s sushi offerings because it is not a healthful ingredient.

The hospital staff tasted items such as Weil’s gluten-free pasta with kale pesto and turkey bolognese with shiitake mushrooms. Executive Chef Steve Martin said Weil offered advice on some of the flavoring, which is sometimes harder to exact when recipes are multiplied for larger volumes.

The hospital plans on adding Weil’s items in the near future, with special inserts in the existing patient menus. The Weil items are options only. Patients can still order more traditional hospital items.

“There will always be red Jell-O at the hospital. There’s a clinical need for it,” Swedish Health’s Eisenberg said. “People who are on clear liquid diets, you’ve got to give them something to chew on. To say we are going to abolish Jell-O isn’t really serving your client base.”

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Anderson earns AHA Award of Honor

The American Hospital Association (AHA) will present its 2014 Award of Honor to Rhonda Anderson, R.N., DNSc, chief executive officer, Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz. The award, presented on May 5 as part of the AHA’s Annual Membership Meeting, is given to individuals or organizations in recognition of exemplary contributions to the health and well-being of our nation through leadership on major health policy or social initiatives.

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CEO, Cardon Children’s Medical Center

With a rich background as a nursing leader and hospital executive, Anderson is well known as a national leader on quality improvement. She has served as CEO of Cardon Children’s Medical Center since 2009 and previously served in many roles within Banner Health, including pediatric service line administrator; chief nursing officer, senior administrator and chief executive officer at Banner Desert Medical Center; and senior administrator at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. Prior to joining Banner she also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Hartford Hospital and vice president of the Hartford Physician Hospital Organization in Harford, Conn.

“Combining her clinical and administrative backgrounds, Rhonda is an asset to all the patients and hospitals through her ongoing leadership in performance improvement,” said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. “The AHA is pleased to honor Rhonda in recognition of her long-standing commitment and valuable contributions to improving health and health care.”

She currently serves as AHA’s voice in the Measure Application Partnership, the public-private partnership that reviews performance measures for potential use in federal public reporting and performance-based payment programs, while working to align measures being used in public- and private-sector programs. Anderson served as president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) in 1993 through 1994 and was honored with AONE’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She served as an AHA commissioner for nine years and chair of the AHA Committee of Commissioners to The Joint Commission through which she played a key role in shaping quality standards and expectations for hospitals nationwide. She has also been helpful in shaping AHA’s broader approach to performance improvement through her board seat on the Health Research and Educational Trust and on the AHA’s Committee on Research.

In addition, she was a member of the AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize Committee (2001-2004) and a member of the AHA Task Force on Quality/Patient Safety (2001-2002). Anderson’s active participation in AHA also includes serving as an AHA Board member (2010-2012), on the Health Forum Board and as an active Board and committee participant the American Organization of Nurse Executives. Anderson is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and was an ACHE Regent representing Arizona.

The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) also will receive the 2014 AHA Award of Honor for its OHA Energy and Sustainability Program.

Previous Award of Honor winners include organizations such as Reach out and Read, Ronald McDonald House Charities®, the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, the Center to Advance Palliative Care, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and Habitat for Humanity. Individuals such as George Halvorson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, Steven A. Schroeder, M.D., former president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Donald M. Berwick, M.D., former administrator of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and former president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement have also been honored.

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They are the people we turn to when we need them the most. They help heal our wounds. They mend our children. They have the ability to create happy endings for tragic stories. They impact the communities they serve in ways that few other professions can. They are healthcare leaders.

The editorial department of Az Business magazine scrutinized hundreds of nominations before deciding on the winners and finalists who are recognized with 2014 Healthcare Leadership Awards. We are humbled to honor these amazing men, women and institutions.


Congratulations 2014 Health Care Leadership Award Winners:


Pictures from the 2014 Healthcare Leadership Awards reception:

Photos by Shavon Rose

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TGen finds clue to stop spread of lung cancer

Two cell surface receptors might be responsible for the most common form of lung cancer spreading to other parts of the body, according to a study led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

The hepatocyte growth factor receptor (HGFR/MET) and fibroblast growth factor-inducible 14 (FN14) are proteins associated with the potential spread of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to the TGen study published online April 8 by the scientific journal Clinical & Experimental Metastasis.

NSCLC represents more than 85 percent of all lung cancers, which this year will kill an estimated 159,000 Americans, making it by far the leading cause of cancer-related death. It has a 5-year survival rate less than 10 percent.

The invasive and metastatic nature of NSCLC contributes to this high mortality rate, and so finding the cause of this potential to spread is key to helping patients survive.

Therapies targeting MET and FN14 are in clinical development, which could lead to treatments that could help halt or slow the spread of this lung cancer.

“As the metastatic phenotype is a major cause of lung cancer mortality, understanding and potentially targeting these pathways may reduce the high mortality rate in advanced lung cancer,” said Dr. Timothy Whitsett, an Assistant Professor in TGen’s Cancer and Cell Biology Division, and the study’s lead author.

Significantly, the TGen study found that MET and FN14 were elevated in metastatic tumors compared to primary lung tumors and suppression of MET activation or FN14 expression reduced tumor cell invasion.

“The elevation of these receptors in metastatic disease opens the possibility for therapeutic intervention,” said Dr. Nhan Tran, an Associate Professor in TGen’s Cancer and Cell Biology Division, and the study’s senior author.

Dr. Glen Weiss, Co-Unit Head of TGen’s Lung Cancer Research Laboratory and Director of Clinical Research at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center, said, “This study identifies some targets that already have drugs in clinical trials, and helps put them into context for what might be a rational drug development approach for the treatment of this deadly cancer.”

Other institutes that assisted with this study are: the University of Arizona; St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center; and Humboldt Medical Specialists.

The study, FN14 expression correlates with MET in NSCLC and promotes MET-driven cell invasion, was funded by the National Institutes of Health, and grants from the St. Joseph’s Foundation and the American Lung Association.

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Arizona scores NFL’s 2015 Pro Bowl

The next Pro Bowl will be played in Arizona at the site of the Super Bowl, skipping Hawaii for the first time since 2010.

The game will return to Hawaii in 2016, the NFL announced Wednesday.

The 2015 game will be the third time the Pro Bowl is held in the same city as the Super Bowl. The NFL’s all-star game took place in Los Angeles after the first Super Bowl in 1967, then the two games weren’t in the same city again until South Florida in 2010.

Since 1980, all but one Pro Bowl has been held at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, the college football home of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

The Pro Bowl will remain a week before the Super Bowl, as it has the last five years. The new format introduced after last season, which scrapped the AFC vs. NFC matchup, will be retained. The new format splits the all-stars through a schoolyard-style draft, a setup loosely based on fantasy sports meant to play toward player egos and the changing ways fans are interacting with the game.

The Pro Bowl after this coming season will take place Jan. 25, 2015, at University of Phoenix Stadium. A year later, the game will be held Jan. 31, 2016, at Aloha Stadium.

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TGen’s Barrett awarded $200,000 research grant

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) awarded a $200,000 grant today to Dr. Michael Barrett of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

Dr. Barrett, an Associate Professor in TGen’s Clinical Translational Research Division, was one of 14 “outstanding scientists” across the nation named to receive a total of $5 million in grants for pancreatic cancer research.

The grants were announced during the AACR Annual Meeting 2014 in San Diego, April 5-9. With more than 34,000 members, AACR is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research.

Specifically, Dr. Barrett was one of five scientists to receive a 2014 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Innovative Grant, “intended to promote the development and study of novel ideas and approaches in basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological research that have direct application and relevance to pancreatic cancer.”

Dr. Barrett’s project, “Genomic drivers of therapeutic responses in metastatic disease,” will investigate the molecular underpinnings of how and why pancreatic cancer spreads to other parts of the body.
“The fundamental hypothesis of this application is that distinct clonal tumor populations that arise during the natural history of pancreatic cancer mediate the clinical responses in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer,” Dr. Barrett said.

“The vision of our work is to bring together advanced genome technologies and the clinical resources available through TGen and our various collaborators to make an immediate impact in the lives of patients with pancreatic cancer and other malignancies,” said Dr. Barrett, who also is a consultant with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center-Arizona.

The grants support research into high-priority areas in an effort to reach the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s goal to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020.

“The most promising science has been selected for funding through a rigorous peer-review process. This year’s grant recipients hail from leading institutions throughout the country and range from early career investigators continuing to build the field of pancreatic cancer leaders to more senior scientists,” said Julie Fleshman, president and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “Their collective efforts have the potential to answer important questions that could lead to significant scientific advances for pancreatic cancer, and ultimately improve patient outcomes. We look forward to working with our new grantees and welcoming them to our team.”

Pancreatic cancer annually takes the lives of more than 38,000 Americans, making it the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. A staggering 75 percent of those diagnosed die within the first year, and only 6 percent survive more than five years.

“Pancreatic cancer is among the most deadly of cancers,” said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), and Chief Executive Officer of AACR. “With death rates steadily climbing over the past decade, more research into pancreatic cancer is urgently needed. The AACR is, therefore, proud to be partnering with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to support cutting-edge scientific research projects that have the potential to lead to major breakthroughs in the prevention, detection, and treatment of this devastating disease.”

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, in collaboration with the AACR, introduced the grants program in 2003, and has since awarded 108 research grants totaling more than $22 million to bright and motivated scientists across the country with the goals of developing a pipeline of researchers dedicated to studying the disease, supporting innovative ideas and approaches, and enabling the organization to reach its 2020 goal.

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Midwestern Appoints New Director of Development

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and CEO of Midwestern University, announced a new director on the University’s Glendale Campus.

Staci Glass has been named Director of Development and Alumni Relations for the Glendale Campus. Ms. Glass brings nearly two decades of administrative, planning, fund-raising, and event management experience to Midwestern. Most recently, Ms. Glass served as the Chief Development Officer of Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona; she has also worked in the past for Hacienda HealthCare of Phoenix and the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association.

Over her professional career, Ms. Glass has been heavily involved in Valley non-profit operations. She has worked with such organizations as the Junior League of Phoenix, Junior Achievement, and Arizona Spina Bifida, and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Phoenix West. She has also volunteered for the Halo Animal Shelter, Child Crisis Center, and the Ronald McDonald House.

“I am both grateful and excited to join the Midwestern University family in supporting the mission of educating tomorrow’s healthcare team and building resources for our students, faculty, and patients,” said Ms. Glass.

In her new role at Midwestern University, Ms. Glass will oversee fundraising and alumni relations for all of the University’s six colleges, including event sponsorship programs, corporate and foundation relations, annual giving, major gifts, donor stewardship, alumni organizations and programs, and grant writing.

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Take Charge America introduces counseling program for consumers facing bankruptcy

Consumers facing bankruptcy have a new option for completing the bankruptcy counseling courses required by law. Take Charge America, a national non-profit credit counseling and debt management agency based in Phoenix, now offers bankruptcy counseling to help consumers understand and navigate the complex process of filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 11.

Individuals filing bankruptcy are legally required to complete an individual budget briefing session with an approved, nonprofit budget and credit counseling agency during the 180-day period preceding the date of filing the bankruptcy petition. Once consumers have completed this session and filed their bankruptcy petition, they must complete an approved personal financial management instructional course in order to be eligible for a bankruptcy discharge.

Take Charge America has been approved by the Executive Office for United States Trustees to provide both the bankruptcy counseling and debtor education courses. The agency’s counselors educate consumers on what it means to file for bankruptcy, alternatives they may wish to consider, the nuances of the filing process and the management of future financial goals.

“The economy is improving, but many people are continuing to suffer the ripple effects of a terrible recession,” said Mike Sullivan, chief education and operations officer for Take Charge America. “For some, bankruptcy is the only option, but the process of declaring bankruptcy is very complicated. We help people understand the ins and outs of petitioning for bankruptcy while also providing counseling services to get them back on the road to financial wellbeing.”

Take Charge America offers pre-filing credit counseling and post-filing debtor education online or through audio courses. Consumers who wish to learn more about bankruptcy counseling may visit bankruptcycounseling.org or call Take Charge America at (866) 750-9634 to speak directly with a counselor.

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W.J. Maloney Plumbing lands new projects

W.J. Maloney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has landed two west-side school projects, one for the Glendale Union High School District and one for the Peoria Unified School District.

Noted for its work with school districts, including the Phoenix Union High School District and the Paradise Valley Unified School District, W.J. Maloney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is now working on projects at Greenway High School and the new Sunset Heights Elementary School in Peoria.

At Greenway High School, W.J. Maloney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is providing the plumbing, wastewater and gas systems for both the new science and band buildings as part of Phase 3 of construction.

Sunset Heights Elementary School will open in August with kindergarten through seventh-grade students. It is the district’s 33rd elementary school. W.J. Maloney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling’s work has included Buildings 1 and 2 totaling nearly 200,000 square feet.
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the general contractor for both of these school projects.

“Our team has strengthened its expertise in public school projects over the last few years,” said Kathryn “Kitty” Maloney-Langmade, president of W.J. Maloney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

“Knowing that districts demand the highest quality construction – we take these projects as excellent examples of the type of work we deliver.”

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, W.J. Maloney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has been a leading plumbing and HVAC contractor in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area since 1964. Working with many of the state’s largest general contractors, the company has provided exemplary design-build plumbing, from tenant improvement to complex multi-story projects that include many of the most prominent buildings in the Valley.

Additional projects completed include the new Cubs Park in Mesa, the Orthopedic and Spine Inpatient Surgical (OASIS) Hospital in Phoenix, the solar thermal project at the University of Arizona, the Sky Train Project at Sky Harbor International Airport and the Mariposa Land Port of Entry expansion near Nogales.

W.J. Maloney Plumbing also provides extensive commercial and residential service, maintenance and repair, and is Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certified. For more information, call (602) 944-5516 or visit www.wjmaloney.com.

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Stanton, Gallego Work to Close Gender Pay Gap

Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilwoman Kate Gallego announced Tuesday a new effort to ensure that City of Phoenix contractors – those paid with taxpayer dollars – practice equal pay for equal work among men and women.

This morning, on National Equal Pay Day, Stanton asked Gallego to lead an effort over the next few months to draft an equal pay measure that better ensures fair pay in the workplace, and includes mechanisms to enforce the policy.

Across the nation, women are paid 77 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make. Although it trails the District of Columbia in pay equity, Arizona has the smallest pay gap among the 50 states: women earn about 86 percent of what their male counterparts earned. [Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics]

“The fact that women are paid less for the same work as men is a strike at our core values,” said Stanton. “We have a responsibility to do something about it, and we can take the lead in Phoenix by making sure that companies who do business with the city pay equal wages for equal work.”

“We know that when women win, Phoenix will win,” said Gallego. “I look forward to the day when Equal Pay Day will be January 1. Women should no longer have to work more than four additional months to make the same salary that men did last year. I appreciate Mayor Stanton’s leadership on this important issue.”

Later this year, Gallego will present her recommendation for a City Council vote. As a state, Arizona last considered equal pay legislation in the 1970s. [Source: “BLS data: Arizona has lowest gender pay gap among states,” Cronkite News Service, Feb. 1, 2014]

“I applaud the efforts of my colleagues to close the gender wage gap here in Phoenix,” said Councilwoman Laura Pastor. “Especially in District 4, home to many working families and female-headed households, this effort has the potential not only to help women in the workforce, but to truly move our community forward.”

Equal Pay Day aims to raise public awareness about the gap between men’s and women’s wages. The date – April 8 – was selected to represent how long into the year women must work to earn what men made last year.

Over the course of a woman’s career, pay inequality adds up. “A women who worked full time, year round would typically lose $443,360 in a 40-year period due to the wage gap, and have to work 12 years longer than her male counterpart to make up this gap.” [Source: Fifty Years and Counting: The Unfinished Business of Achieving Fair Pay, National Women’s Law Center, 2013]

Wage discrimination harms families. Women are the primary breadwinners in more than 41 percent of families with children, including 8.6 million families across the country headed by single mothers. [Source: National Women’s Law Center]

The gender gap has not closed in nearly a dozen years. Women earned 77 percent of their male counterparts’ earnings in both 2002 and 2013. [Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics]

Minorities experience the most significant pay gap. Hispanic women make 53 percent of what white men make; Native American women make 60 percent; and African-American women make 64 percent. [Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey]

There is a gender pay gap in nearly every occupation. A 2014 report from the American Association of University Women found that, “From elementary and middle-school teachers to computer programmers, women are paid less than men in female-dominated, gender-balanced, and male-dominated occupations.”

Education does not close the gender gap. “At every level of academic achievement, women’s median earnings are less than men’s median earnings, and in some cases, the gender gap is larger at higher levels of education.” [Source: The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap, American Association of University Women, 2014]

At all education levels, even after experience is considered, the wage gap gets worse as a woman’s career progresses. “A Bloomberg Businessweek story examined wage gaps within occupations and found that out of 265 major occupations, women’s median salary exceeded men’s in only one occupation – personal care and service workers.” [Source: FAQ About the Wage Gap, National Women’s Law Center, September 2013]

Professional women sometimes experience the most significant pay gap. “Female CEOs earn 69 cents for every dollars earned by their male counterparts, and female lawyers make tens of thousands of dollars less than their male peers.” [Source: Think Progress, Jan. 29, 2013]

Female newspaper editors, for example, earn 79 percent of their male counterparts, and male paralegals earn 11 percent more than women in the same job. [Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics]

The pay gap grows and wage loss accumulates over the course of a woman’s career. “By the time women reach 39, their wage growth pretty much stops altogether.” Wage growth for men continues until age 48. [Source: “Mapping the Glass Ceiling,” New York Times, May 29, 2012].

Women without children experience wage discrimination. Just a year out of college, women make 82 percent of the wage of male peers who do similar work.

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New East Valley Women’s Professional Group Launches

The Phoenix-metro-based Women of Scottsdale and Central Phoenix Women groups proudly announce the launch of a third, localized chapter, East Valley Women being added to serve women business professionals who live or work in Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, and Chandler. East Valley Women will meet on the third Tuesday of every month from 7:30am to 9am at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa in Mesa, Ariz., beginning on Tax Day, Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

The new East Valley Women group is a sister organization of the esteemed Women of Scottsdale, founded in 1998 and Central Phoenix Women, founded in 2006 by Linda Herold. Herold retired in December 2013, and named JoAnn Holland CEO of the groups. It is under her stewardship that the East Valley Women group has launched. The groups endeavor to support women beginning their professional career, business and professional leaders, women in government, women in education and those who have retired to create a deep and long-lasting community of mutual support.

The group has named community alumna Jodi Towns as the Inaugural Director of the new east valley group and she will serve a two-year term; promoting membership and business sponsorship for the new chapter, as well as acting as Master of Ceremonies at monthly meetings. As the new Inaugural Director, Towns intends to further the spirit of community support with a focus on communities east of Phoenix and Scottsdale. She will continue as the Director of Practice Management for LifeScape Premier, a Scottsdale-based concierge medical practice that has been actively involved in supporting and sponsoring Women of Scottsdale and Central Phoenix Women for several years, and is looking forward to launching the nascent East Valley group.

“I’m honored to uphold and extend the tradition and support that these fine groups provide business women in our communities,” says Towns. “With the new group serving the East Valley we’ll be able to reach, serve and bring more fantastic women into the fray.”

The groups’ CEO and founder is equally pleased with the chapter developments. “Jodi has been such a passionate advocate for our existing groups and we’re thrilled to have her leading the charge for the East Valley,” states JoAnn Holland. “We look forward to continued success under her direction with the new East Valley Women chapter.”

For more information about East Valley Women, please like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/eastvalleywomen

To sign up for the breakfast on April 15th please contact JoAnn Holland – CEO and Founder at ceo@eastvalleywomen.org or Anita Welsch – anita@eastvalleywomen.org or 480-567-8131

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Bioscience Roadmap gets an extension through 2025

The strategic plan that has guided Arizona’s fast-growing bioscience sector for nearly 12 years is gearing up for a new decade.

“Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap: 2014-2025” will be unveiled starting April 8 at events in Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff, the state’s three metropolitan areas that feature growing bioscience hubs. The plan includes updated strategies that can strengthen and diversify Arizona’s economy while providing Arizonans access to the latest health care innovations.

“The updated Bioscience Roadmap builds on the successes of its first decade and adds contemporary strategies to take Arizona’s bioscience base to the next level,” said Jack Jewett, President & CEO of the Flinn Foundation, which commissioned the update and the original Bioscience Roadmap in 2002. “Arizona is now known as a top emerging bioscience state, but we have far to go to reach our full potential.”

The updated Roadmap will continue to focus on developing Arizona’s biomedical research infrastructure but will emphasize turning this research into new therapies, products, diagnostics, jobs, firms, and other benefits to Arizona. Commercialization, entrepreneurship, creating a critical mass of bioscience firms, and the development of talent are prime themes.

The Roadmap’s overarching vision is for Arizona—a young but rapidly growing state in the biosciences—to become a global competitor and national leader in select areas of the biosciences by 2025.

Over the first decade, Arizona built major research facilities at its universities, formed new private research institutes, attracted top talent, created high-tech business incubators, and greatly expanded statewide STEM (science, technology, education, math) education programs. The number of Arizona bioscience industry jobs grew by 45 percent, nearly four times greater than the nation.

“Arizona has many bioscience strengths and opportunities, but a substantial increase in private and public investment will be needed over the next decade to realize the Roadmap’s goals,” said Walter Plosila, senior advisor to the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice, the Columbus, Ohio-based nonprofit research and development organization that authored the original Roadmap and its update.

Plosila noted that Arizona’s greatest needs are access to risk capital by startup and emerging bioscience firms, building a stronger bioscience entrepreneurship culture, and an expansion of the research infrastructure combined with commercialization at the state’s universities.

The new Roadmap plan features five goals, 17 strategies, and 77 proposed actions. The actions are meant to evolve as needs change over the course of the decade. The plan was developed by Battelle following research, interviews, and focus groups with more than 150 local and national bioscience leaders, including extensive input from Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee, a body of more than 100 statewide leaders in science, business, academia, and government.

“An emphasis on the full spectrum of the biosciences—from research to hospitals to bio-agriculture—and a renewed focus on resources, collaboration, and long-term patience is needed for Arizona to continue its ascent in the biosciences,” said Martin Shultz, Senior Policy Director for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, who chairs the Roadmap Steering Committee. “The impact can be profound—the biosciences are a multibillion-dollar industry for Arizona.”

There are six industry segments that comprise the biosciences in Arizona: agricultural feedstock and chemicals; drugs, pharmaceuticals, and diagnostics; medical devices and equipment; research, testing, and medical labs; bioscience-related distribution; and hospitals. A new economic-impact analysis by Battelle estimates the total revenue generated annually by Arizona’s bioscience industry—not counting hospitals—to be $14 billion. With hospitals included, the figure exceeds $36 billion.

Based on the latest industry data (2012), Arizona currently has 106,846 bioscience jobs spread across 1,382 establishments and an annual average wage of $62,775—39 percent higher than the private-sector average. These numbers do not include academic research jobs at the state universities or private research institutes.

Hospitals account for the majority of the state’s bioscience jobs. With hospitals removed from the equation, the other segments combine for 23,545 jobs, 1,266 establishments, and average annual wages of $85,571. Growth in the non-hospital segments accelerated dramatically over the last few years.

The bioscience-related distribution subsector is a new addition to Arizona’s bioscience definition, following the lead of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the nation’s bioscience trade association. Companies in this subsector coordinate the delivery of bioscience-related products through processes such as cold storage and product monitoring, and new technologies such as automated pharmaceutical distribution systems. This change also called for several smaller industries to be dropped from Arizona’s definition.

The Roadmap also presents updated data on Arizona’s performance in generating grants from the National Institutes of Health, academic research expenditures, venture capital, and tech-transfer measures involving the state universities. These metrics plus industry measures will be tracked throughout the decade by Battelle and reported by the Flinn Foundation.

The Roadmap also includes analyses of Arizona’s bioscience sector that were critical in developing the strategies and actions, such as an assessment of Arizona’s bioscience strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges. It identified Arizona’s core competencies as cancer research, neurosciences, bioengineering, agricultural biotechnology, imaging sciences, precision medicine, diagnostics, health information technologies, and health economics.

The Flinn Foundation is a privately endowed, philanthropic grantmaking organization established in 1965 by Dr. Robert S. and Irene P. Flinn to improve the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations. The Phoenix-based foundation supports the advancement of the biosciences in Arizona, as well as a merit-based college scholarship program, arts and culture, and the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership. “Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap: 2014-2025” is available for download at www.flinn.org.

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REDW Among Fastest-Growing Accounting Firms

REDW LLC, one of the largest and most respected certified public accounting and business consulting firms in the Southwest, announced that AccountingToday.com named the company the fourth fastest-growing accounting firm in the U.S. during 2013. REDW was also recognized as the fifth largest accounting firm in the southwestern United States.

AccountingToday.com , is a leading provider of online business news for the tax and accounting community. The ranking follows Albuquerque-based REDW’s merger with Phoenix based firms Abalos & Associates PLLC, and Miller, Allen & Co., P.C. in late 2012. The combined firm, showed a 33.52% growth in 2013 with revenues of $26.45 million.

“Our Phoenix operations continue to grow following the successful mergers to create one great team of like-minded professionals,” said Sandy Abalos, Principal-in-Charge of the Phoenix office.. “Year one of the merger we focused on a seamless transition into a single entity, and with that overwhelmingly successful effort we expect even stronger benefits in 2014 as we focus on strategic organic growth and increased efficiencies between our Phoenix and Albuquerque offices.”

“REDW’s growth into Phoenix catapulted us to being ranked the fifth largest accounting firm in the southwestern United States and the fourth fastest growing accounting firm in the entire United States,” said Ron Rivera, REDW’s Managing Principal. “The talented team in Phoenix and the synergies and opportunities that the Phoenix office provides REDW as a whole will benefit our ability to continue our organic growth and will serve as a growth model as we look to expand into new markets. Ultimately, our growth is all about our clients as we strive to ensure we maintain the level of forward-thinking business advice that our clients expect from us to meet and exceed their ever-evolving needs.

The AccountingToday.com ranking is based on the percentage increase in income- not dollar amounts- to determine which firms experienced the greatest growth. To view the AccountingToday.com rankings, click here.

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Humana Transforms To Better Serve Employers

Arizona health insurance agents and employers will see a new Humana when they engage with the health and well-being company in 2014. Humana announced a transformed leadership, market development and sales structure with the intent of furthering the company’s commitment to partner with agents and employers to create healthier, more productive workforces.

“The health care environment is changing as are employer and employee needs. And as Humana’s role in the health care industry is changing, we are changing how we do business to align with what our customers need and want,” said Humana Employer Group Segment President Beth Bierbower. “Our team structure has evolved in this new environment to help employers realize the many business benefits of a healthier workforce.”

Humana has established closely coordinated teams to serve agents and employers in Arizona that will support the market with a new internal team structure.

The Arizona sales team will be led by Victoria Coley, Arizona and Nevada Market Vice President, who will focus exclusively on partnering with agents and employers, and delivering ongoing support, data-driven insights and coordinated service. Coley, an Arizona State University graduate, has been with Humana for 14 years and was previously in a sales and leadership role with the company. Jean Higginbotham has been promoted to the Arizona and Nevada Sales Director and will focus on selling and renewal strategy engaging with employer groups 2 to 300. Higginbotham has been with Humana for 12 years and previously served as Director of Account Management for Arizona, Nevada and Utah. Both Coley and Higginbotham will be based in Humana’s Phoenix office.

“As part of our transformation, we spent hours with our agent partners researching how to best meet their needs. As a result, we’re expanding our team structure and simplifying the Humana experience for agents and employers,” said Coley. “The team is an agent-specific multi-disciplinary team within Humana that is led and coordinated by a single point of contact for the agent and employer.”

Coley says that the new approach to the market allows Humana to work more closely with agents and employers to co-create health solutions, and then support both with data-driven analysis from Humana’s array of health and well-being assets.

The market development team, led by Jeremy Gaskill, Regional Market Development Vice President, will focus on strategic direction, health care provider engagement, brand management and integrated product offerings in Arizona.

“This new team will build and expand relationships with providers in each of our markets and will focus on offering new value added solutions to customers to expand our reach in the marketplace,” said Praveen Thadani, National Vice President, Humana Market Development.

“At Humana, we’re committed to changing the way agents, employers, health care providers and health companies interact to create better outcomes for individuals and employers,” said Rick Remmers, Vice President of Humana Group Sales. “We’ve transformed our sales and management structure to support our vision by concentrating our sales team into specific expertise channels, allowing us to focus on our audience segments and better position our resources.”

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Knight Among Most Trustworthy Companies

Knight Transportation, Inc., one of North America’s largest and most diversified truckload transportation companies, announced it was named one of America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies by Forbes magazine.

”Knight Transportation is honored to be ranked on the Forbes Most Trustworthy Companies list with many other well respected companies. Our business is built on a culture of integrity, hard work, and dedication. We are committed to operating our business with a high level of credibility and to bringing value to all of our stakeholders,” said Kevin Knight, Chairman and CEO.

Knight Transportation ranked in the top 10 among mid cap level companies ($1-5 billion annual revenue) with an AGR score of 96 out of 100 points.

Each year Forbes tasks GMI Ratings to review the accounting and governance behaviors of approximately 8,000 publicly traded companies in North America. Several factors are considered such as consistency, accounting transparency, appropriate management practices and lack of high risk events in order to rate companies with an AGR or Aggressive Accounting and Governance Risk score. Companies with the strongest AGRs are sorted based on cap level and ranked according to highest score.

To view the Forbes list, go to Forbes.com.

Knight Transportation, Inc. is a provider of multiple truckload transportation services using a nationwide network of service centers in the U.S. to serve customers throughout North America. In addition to operating one of the country’s largest tractor fleets, Knight also partners with third-party equipment providers to provide a broad range of truckload services to its customers while creating quality driving jobs for our driving associates and successful business opportunities for owner-operators.

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Industry leaders view aerospace prospects

Through a joint effort led by Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, Able Aerospace Services and SRP, industry leaders at next week’s MRO Americas convention in Phoenix will gain a birds-eye view of expansion and relocation opportunities in the Valley. The opportunity comes courtesy of a VIP aerial helicopter tour, as well as a reception and tour at Able Aerospace Services—a $20 million build-to-suit success story at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

“We are extremely proud of our relocation to Gateway, not only because of our expansion into a state-of-the-art facility but also because of the partnership that this building represents,” said Lee Benson, CEO of Able Aerospace Services. “This was a collaboration in every sense. We are honored to share our story with others in our industry who might benefit from these same opportunities.”

A total of three VIP tours will depart from downtown Phoenix on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 on a Bell 212 helicopter provided by event partner SRP. The tour will fly participants over Greater Phoenix for an aerial view of the Valley, then make an intermediate stop at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport for a reception and tour of the new $20 million Able Aerospace Services headquarters—an industry leading repair, overhaul, design and manufacturing facility, and a leading aftermarket supplier of FAA-approved replacement parts.

The Able event will include a short presentation on the cost savings incentives that made its new facility possible, and provide an opportunity for guests to talk directly with local leaders and partners in the MRO aerial tour, including the City of Phoenix, City of Mesa, Town of Gilbert, Town of Queen Creek, City of Apache Junction and the Gila River Indian Community. The return flight will fly over Falcon Field, then back to downtown Phoenix.

“This is a truly unique way for us to share Greater Phoenix’s regional assets with aerospace leaders from across the globe,” said Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Business Development Director Michael Merk. “In the span of about 100 minutes, we will showcase the best and brightest of our development and expansion opportunities—from the sky and from the state-of-the-art Able Aerospace Services operation that has made Gateway Airport a true manufacturing destination.”

MRO Americas provides a world-class venue for the aviation/aerospace industry to exchange ideas, share best practices, gain knowledge, generate new business leads and cement existing relationships with other commercial air transport, maintenance, repair and overhaul leaders. The three-day event is held at a different U.S. location each year. This year, it is being held April 8 – 10 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

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NB|AZ Hires New Wealth Advisor

National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) announced Robert Wagner as a new wealth advisor at its Gainey Ranch Wealth Center. Wagner brings numerous years of financial planning, business development and strategic planning experience to his new position at NB|AZ.

As a NB|AZ wealth advisor, Wagner will be responsible for developing high net-worth investment management relationships by combining forward-looking economic and financial analysis with targeted investment strategies. He will work with clients to provide a tailored strategy designed to address specific financial needs, goals and aspirations.

“I am proud to join NB|AZ, a company founded on its local relationships and strong ties to the community,” Wagner said. “I’m confident that my previous financial advisory experience will serve me well in this new position.”

Prior to joining the Wealth Strategies team at NB|AZ, Wagner was a financial advisor with Merrill
Lynch. Robert earned his B.S. in Microbiology and Veterinary Science with a Minor in Chemistry from the University of Arizona.

Wagner is based out of the NB|AZ Gainey Ranch Wealth Center located at 7375 E Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale.

For more information about NB|AZ and its services, visit www.nbarizona.com.

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Top 10 Green Collegiate Sports Initiatives

A survey conducted from May through June 2013 by the University of Arizona Office of Sustainability and published by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) finds that more collegiate athletic teams are adopting green and sustainable practices in operation of their sports facilities.

The goal of the survey was to identify sustainability initiatives implemented in college varsity, campus recreation, and club sports programs in the United States and Canada. Additionally, researchers were trying to determine which campus groups were primarily responsible for implementing green initiatives.

Of the 1,200 respondents contacted by email, 175 completed the survey representing 148 colleges and universities, athletic conferences, and community colleges in the U.S. and Canada.

According to the survey, the top ten initiatives that have been implemented (in descending order) are the following:

1. Installation of recycle bins in public areas
2. Recycling programs in office areas
3. Recycling programs in non-public areas of the facility
4. Installation of bike racks and infrastructures to promote bicycle commuting
4. Upgraded lighting systems with more advanced controls
6. Selection of Green Cleaning products
7. Energy audits
8. Installation of recycling signage in public areas
9. Upgrading to water-efficient fixtures
10. Training of custodial staff on Green Cleaning practices and products

“While Green Cleaning-related initiatives are on the top ten list, we definitely would like to see those ranking even higher,” says Stephen Ashkin, President of The Ashkin Group, and a board member of the Green Sports Alliance. “One of my goals with the Alliance is to have more sports venues-collegiate, professional, as well as community-use Green Cleaning products and methods.”

As to who is most responsible for implementing the green and sustainable initiatives, the survey found it was primarily campus facility and sustainability departments followed by recreation and sports departments and athletics departments.

“While this is encouraging, we still have a ways to go,” adds Ashkin. “However, because today’s college students are so green- and sustainable-focused, I believe things will move along pretty fast in the next few years.”

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Tempe-based Higher Ed Growth Earns Award

Higher Ed Growth, a full-service marketing agency specializing in post-secondary education, was recently recognized as one of the top lead generation companies across the United States.

The LEADER Award for Best New Partner was presented to Higher Ed Growth to acknowledge the organization’s superior work as lead generators and lead aggregators. Award winners were announced this week to coincide with LeadsCon, an annual conference that showcases leaders and new products in vertical media and direct-response marketing.

To win one of the accolades, a company must receive the highest number of votes in a category from LeadsCouncil members. Company growth, lead performance and judges’ personal experiences with nominees were taken into account during the voting and final selection process.

“Each year, our awards celebrate companies making great strides, and Higher Ed Growth has captured the attention among lead generators nationwide,” said Michael Ferree, spokesman for the LEADER Award program.

Higher Ed Growth’s revenue grew approximately 300 percent last year. With more than 400 colleges and universities in its client roster, Higher Ed Growth specializes in exceeding clients’ lead generation and digital marketing goals. This is accomplished through daily turnarounds in delivering leads, thorough reporting, complete transparency and compliance with industry regulations.

“Our work has allowed us to help hundreds of post-secondary institutions meet and exceed recruitment goals,” said Frank Healy, CEO of Higher Ed Growth. “Earning the LEADER Award distinction shows our industry is taking notice of our successes. We look forward to the continued growth of our company within the higher education sector.”

For more information about Higher Ed Growth’s LEADER award, visit www.higheredgrowth.com.

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Greenberg Traurig Names New Co-Chair

Les Klein, a shareholder in the Phoenix office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, has been named Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Benefits and Compensation Group. Klein, with more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation, is joined by Co-Chair Jeffrey Mamorsky from the firm’s New York office.

“This recognition is well deserved,” said John Cummerford, co-managing shareholder of the law firm’s Phoenix office. “Les is well known and respected nationally for his employee benefits and executive compensation experience, and his appointment to Co-Chair of the Global Benefits and Compensation Group gives the Phoenix office a unique perspective and ability to explore unmet needs in our local business community. His proven ability to creatively tackle new regulatory challenges and identify new employer trends aligns well with our business objective of providing the very best client service to all our clients.”

Klein has more than three decades of experience advising public and private companies, non-for-profit corporations, fiduciaries and executives involving various employee benefits and executive compensation matters. Klein is recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and is admitted to practice law in Arizona and Illinois. Klein earned his J.D. at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology and holds a B.S., in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“Having had the privilege of serving for many years as Co-Chair of our Global Benefits and Compensation Group, I thought it was time for me to step down and allow for some new blood to be introduced into that role,” said Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Steve Lapidus. “I could not be more pleased to announce that Les Klein has agreed to take on that responsibility, and will serve as Co-Chair with Jeff Mamorsky in my stead effective immediately. I know that Les has the confidence and support of all in our group and that makes

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Enterprise Ranked in Top 10% of Community Banks

Enterprise Bank & Trust, the banking subsidiary of Enterprise Financial Services Corp (NASDAQ: EFSC) has been ranked in the top 10 percent of U.S. community banks by Raymond James & Associates, a leading investment banking and financial advisory firm.

Enterprise was recognized in the second annual Raymond James Community Bankers Cup awards, which identified the top 10 percent of community banks based on various profitability, operational efficiency and balance sheet metrics.

The pool of community banks considered for recognition includes all exchange-traded domestic banks, excluding mutual holding companies and potential acquisition targets, with total assets between $500 million and $10 billion as of December 31, 2013. More than 300 community banks across the United States were evaluated for the awards.

Enterprise was also recognized in Raymond James’ first Community Bankers Cup award for 2012.

“We are gratified to be considered one of the top community banks by Raymond James for the second consecutive year,” said Enterprise Bank & Trust Arizona Region Chairman Jack Barry. “This award is based on our financial performance, but it’s also a direct reflection of the talent of our bankers and the success of our clients, who drive our financial results.”

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Fight Night Auction Includes Trip to Space

Celebrity Fight Night, one of the nation’s most impactful charity events, with XCOR Aerospace, announced today a new space flight experience onboard the XCOR® Lynx® to be auctioned off live, Saturday, April 12 at Celebrity Fight Night XX. This package, along with other items up for auction that night, will help raise money for charity at the milestone 20th anniversary Celebrity Fight Night event at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix.

This exclusive package includes space flight training at Air Combat USA of Fullerton, California, a space suit fitting and an actual space flight experience onboard the XCOR Lynx, a two-seat spacecraft. XCOR Chief Test Pilot and former NASA Space Shuttle Commander Colonel Rick Searfoss will then pilot two separate missions onboard Lynx, one with the auction winner and one with John Corbett, to the edge of space.

The package also includes a pre-flight physical exam as part of the auction winner’s training, a video of the training day experience, a demonstration of a Lynx launch, two first class tickets to Los Angeles and deluxe hotel accommodations.

The XCOR Lynx flight will depart from a runway at the Mojave Air and Space Port north of Los Angeles, rocketing up to 200,000 feet in five minutes to suborbital space. Lynx will then go through several minutes of weightlessness and gently glide home, for a total time of about 35 minutes of flight.

Actor and country musician John Corbett is well-known for his role as Seth Holt in NBC’s hit dramedy Parenthood, and his self-titled debut country album, which climbed to number 42 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart.

“As an artist, I never for a second dreamed that I could make a living making music. And as a child who was inspired by the Apollo program, I would never have dreamed that the experience of space would be so close at hand–until Celebrity Fight Night connected me with XCOR. To be standing at the threshold of an actual space flight is almost more than I can imagine.”

Colonel Searfoss is both XCOR’s Chief Test Pilot and one of only 100 individuals to actually have commanded a Space Shuttle mission (STS-90). Over his career he has logged 939 hours in space, with 6,000 hours flying more than 79 types of aircraft.

Colonel Searfoss stated that XCOR Lynx is “all of the experiences I had flying the Shuttle, all those phases of flight: the boost, the weightlessness.” But the best part, he added, “is the fact that you’re up in a pilot seat, with me, as opposed to being in the back like a passenger on an airliner. It’s really a ‘Right Stuff’ experience. And I couldn’t be more excited to share the opportunity for this experience with John and Celebrity Fight Night.”

Celebrity Fight Night executive director Sean Currie added that CFN, “now in its twentieth year, could not be more excited to offer this once-in-a-lifetime package with XCOR and Colonel Searfoss. This is truly the experience of a lifetime and we are honored that John Corbett is the explorer who will take part in that journey.”

“Because XCOR Lynx is what Commander Searfoss calls a ‘Right Stuff’ experience, it is important to us to work with a celebrity who is not only moved by the idea of a Lynx flight, but also truly gets the vision of space exploration,” said XCOR representative Greg Claxton. “And all of this could not be for a better cause.”

Celebrity Fight Night’s luxury live auction items are one of the most anticipated aspects of the action-packed evening. The coveted auction items are once-in-a-lifetime experiences that cannot be bought or found elsewhere. The items often go for hundreds of thousands of dollars, helping Celebrity Fight Night contribute a significant amount of dollars to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute and other charities. Other auction items and packages previously announced include: dinner with Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro; dinner with Reba McEntire in her Beverly Hills home; backstage dinner with Michael Bublé, a summer weekend with the Kennedys in Cape Cod; an all-inclusive getaway at a private lodge in British Columbia; a west coast trip on the Patron Tequila Express 1927 Vintage Rail Car; a four night stay with Richard Branson on his private British Virgin Islands Necker Island, for a Leadership Gathering, and more.

Joining Muhammad Ali for this special anniversary milestone will be memorable performances from Michael Bublé, The Band Perry and Kenny Rogers. During the gala, Bublé, entertainment icon Robert De Niro as well as philanthropist John Paul DeJoria will be honored with Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards. Billy Crystal will make a special introduction for De Niro; and Bobby Kennedy, Jr. will introduce DeJoria.

Over the past 19 years, Celebrity Fight Night has raised $87 million for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and other charities.

Individual tickets range from $1,500 to $10,000 each and tables of 10 are priced from $15,000 to $100,000 each. For reservations, please call (602) 956-1121.

Celebrity Fight Night XX sponsors include USA Today Sports, Patrón, GoDaddy, PRO EM, XCOR Aerospace, ETIHAD Airlines and M Group Scenic Studios.